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Turkish Army kill Kurdish Civilians, destroy their livelihood

img 2919After they were defeated by the PKK a few weeks ago, not The Turkish Army retaliate and continue attacking Kurdish villages and civilians in Silvan in North Kurdistan, mostly targeting their livelihood like; Farms, houses, agricultural products and herds of sheep and other animals. Once they destroy the Kurdish villages, the Turkish Soldiers write on the walls: "See the Power of the Turks", the slogan that the Turks during the Armenian Genocide.




Turkish Army Incursion into Iraq’s North: New Troubles for Kurdish Region, Iraqi Central Government


One of the historical realities of West Asia region is that whenever the Turkish army has occupied a territory or when it entered a territory with the excuse of providing help, it has not easily left there. Now, This Turkish behavior in northern Iraq is closer to reality, and the Turkish military forces for several times were observed to intervene in this part of Iraq. In the current conditions, Turkey’s government is dreaming of revitalizing the Ottoman Empire’s power using the present-day mechanisms and new procedures.

The deployment of Turkish army units into northern Mosul province, in Bashiqa Military camp, with the relative approval of the Iraqi Kurdistan region’s ruling party Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK) and at the request of Atheel al-Nujaifi, the former Nineveh province’s governor, could be evaluated as the Turks’ new measures to actualize their long-standing wish of gaining control over Iraq’s Mosul province. The incursion of the Turkish forces into Iraq’s territorial areas has come while the Iraqi officials have called Ankara’s move as violation of the generally accepted international rules and invasion of Iraq’s national sovereignty. One of the complicated dimensions of the issue is the silence of the Western officials, especially the Americans, towards the Turkish army’s deployment. The important question is that when the Russian warplane entered Turkey’s airspace for a few seconds how Ankara had the right to defend its sovereignty’s airspace and the Western countries described it as Turkey’s legal right, but now what specific condition has taken place that when about 120 to 200 Turkish troops have entered the Iraqi territorial regions without Iraq’s central government’s permission no Western country called Ankara’s action as violation of the Iraqi national sovereignty and has not backed up Baghdad’s defense against Turkey’s incursion.
In addition to the silence of the Western leaders along with the international organizations, what can be significantly concerned in Iraq’s political future is the Turkish officials’ exhibition of a malicious intent of seeking an active presence in Iraq’s Sunni-inhabited areas for the several upcoming years. Undoubtedly, the deployment of the Turkish army’s forces in Nineveh province and its other military bases in the Kurdish-populated areas under any pretext in the near future could pave the way for rise of crisis for both the Kurds and the Iraqi central government. In the annals of contemporary Iraq’s history show the reality that the Turks seek the domination over the Iraqi oil-rich regions including Mosul and Kirkuk.”one day our ancestors entered this region while on horseback.There will come a day that we like our ancestors would return to this region but with modern equipment ", asserted Ahmet Davutoglu, then Turkey’s Foreign Minister, during a visit to Iraq’s Mosul in 2009. Such remarks indicate the crystal clear Turkish avarice for these parts of Iraq’s territories. Presently, a condition has been provided that the Turkish army was deployed to Iraq’s Nineveh province without any limitation.

Concerning the threats posed to Kurds as a result of the Turkish army’s presence in northern Iraq, they could look back to the events taken place in the past several decades. Between the 1994 and 1996 when the Kurdish groups were engaged in a civil war, the Turkish military forces entered Iraq’s territory at the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party’s request to help Masoud Barzani-linked forces. However, after the Kurdish civil war ended and even to date, the Turkish military bases are still standing in Kurdistan region, and the Turkish officials, despite the repeated calls by the Kurdish region’s authorities for withdrawing Turkish forces, have refused to pull out of the region’s borders. Additionally, after 2003, the Turkish army has killed the civilians in different areas of the Iraqi-Turkish borders under the excuse of fighting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) fighters, and many villages were destroyed during those years by Turkey’s fighter jets.

Now, the Turkish leaders should be inquired that following emergence of the terrorist group ISIS in Iraq and Syria the Turkish army has failed to provide support for the peace and security in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, but what happened that now they sent their military forces to Iraq’s territory, claiming that the deployment is for aiding the Kurdish forces and for training them. The fact is that Turkey’s military presence in Iraq could be a serious preparation of the future Ankara’s interventions in the Kurdish region’s internal affairs and could threaten the Kurds’ interests in the future of the West Asia, and it could turn out as a serious threat to Iraq’s unity, because the Turks seek establishing an autonomous Sunni region stretching across Nineveh, Diyala and Salahuddin provinces in order to hold sway there.
The Iraqi officials are well aware of the Turks’ “ill-intentions.” Following the case, Haider al-Abadi, the Iraqi Prime Minister, on December 7, 2015, has set a 48-hour deadline for Turkey to pull back its forces from the Iraqi territory. During his meeting with the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, al-Abadi has blasted Turkey’s incursion into Iraq’s land, asking Ankara to immediately withdraw its military units. Currently, the UN mediation is raised to settle the dispute between Iraq and Turkey, which can basically lack the credibility and the moral legitimacy, because it shows that the international organizations and institutions are instruments to impose the viewpoint and will of the big Western powers, especially the United States.

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Turkish occupation of Kurdistan & destruction of Kurdish Heritage (English)

The barbaric Turkish daily occupation of North Kurdistan continue with Turkish Military and ISIS not only committing atrocities against Kurdish Civilians but also looting and destroying the Kurdish Heritage and Cultural Sites.


The struggle for autonomy in North Kurdistan: Voices from Cizre

People in cities across North Kurdistan (the part of Kurdistan within Turkey's borders) are fighting for their autonomy from the Turkish state. Several cities made declarations of self-rule in Summer 2015 in response to attacks by the police and army. Barricades have been erected in city centres and people have taken up arms to prevent state forces from entering their neighbourhoods.

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In October 2015, the Turkish police and army began an operation in the city of Farqîn (Silvan in Turkish), aimed at breaking the movement for autonomy. The attack led to the killing of 14 civilians and the destruction of hundreds of houses in the city (to read more about the struggle in Farqîn click here). A similar attack has been waged against people in the city of Nusaybin where the police have laid siege to the city and killed nine civilians.

IMG 8346rsEarly in the morning on Wednesday 2nd December, police announced the latest in a series of curfews in the Sur district of Amed (Diyarbakır in Turkish). For over a month armed women and men have stood guard at the barricades in Sur. At least two people have been killed by police in Sur since Wednesday morning. Last week, Tahir Elçi, the head of the Diyarbakır Bar Association was gunned down on the street in the same district.

Cizîr (Cizre in Turkish) declared autonomy from the state during the summer. Since Summer 2015, the streets have once again been barricaded by 'people's defence forces' and people have formed street communes and neighbourhood assemblies to organise themselves independently of the state. These assemblies try to build autonomy by, for example, setting up commissions to solve disputes without going to the police or courts, look after self-defence of the community and organise education in Kurdish.

In response the Turkish police and army have imposed countless curfews on the city in recent months and attacked residential neighbourhoods with extreme violence to try to regain control. In September 2015, Cizîr was besieged by the Turkish army and 21 people were killed. A curfew was placed on the city for nine days. Since then, yet more curfews have been declared, at least three more people killed and many wounded. People have kept on resisting throughout November, while electricity has been shut off and emergency services have been prevented from reaching sick people.

However, the history of resistance in Cizîr did not begin there. The interviews below are about an earlier period of the rebellion in Cizîr, the period after the Kurdish uprising (serhildan) in 2014 against Turkish state support for the Daesh attack on Kobanê, a Kurdish city in the autonomous region of Rojava (within the borders of Syria). They provide some context to the events that are unfolding now on the streets of Cizîr.

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PKK destroy Turkish Army Vehicles

After defeating the Turkish Army at Silvan, now the PKK are attacking the Turkish positions around Siirt province in North Kurdistan, the Turkish army is retreating amid the PKK operation in the area. Click CC for English.


PKK defeat Turkish Army in Silvan, humiliate them to retreat (English)

After weeks of fighting in the town of Feriqin/Silvan in North Kurdistan: PKK defeated the Turkish army, the Turks had to retreat. The retreating Turkish troops were humiliated by the the Kurdish protesters as they poured out into the streets chanting the slogan "Long Live Farqîn/Silvan resistance", “Murderers, get out of Kurdistan” and "PKK is the people, and the people are here". Click CC for English.








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